Saint-Malo Transportation

  • St Malo rail station forecourt.
    St Malo rail station forecourt.
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  • Entrance to ferry terminal St Malo.
    Entrance to ferry terminal St Malo.
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    Ferry for England
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    For The Footweary - Le Petit Train

    by johngayton Written Oct 25, 2015

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    This isn't something I've used but for those with mobility problems, young families or just plain footweary it looks an ideal way to get around.

    The Petit Train does a figure-8 loop around the highlights of the intra muros, beginning from the Porte St-Vincent, along with commentary in several languages. It operates from March until November, usually between 10 am and 6 pm, with the trip lasting about 30 minutes. No need to pre-book (except for groups) you just get on and pay the driver when he comes around, although at 6.50 euros it isn't a cheap option.

    Website below has all the details.

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    Saint-Malo Ferries

    by johngayton Written Oct 25, 2015

    The two main ferry companies which sail in and out of Saint-Malo are Condor and Brittany Ferries both of which use the Terminal Ferries de Naye, about a kilometre south of the walled city.

    NB that this shouldn't be confused with the Gare Maritime de la Bourse which mainly deals with cruise ships and the local Compagnie Corsaire.

    Condor Ferries operate fast ferry routes to the UK ports of Weymouth and Poole and to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey plus a daily conventional ferry to/from Portsmouth which calls in at Guernsey on the outward journey and Jersey on the way back.

    www.condorferries.co.uk

    Brittany Ferries sail daily with a conventional boat making the outward journey from Portsmouth as a overnight crossing and returning during the day.

    www.brittany-ferries.co.uk

    I've only used the Brittany Ferry, Bretagne, on the daytime return sailing (having arrived at St Malo by train) and despite being a 9 hour journey I found it a very pleasant one with plenty to do aboard, which mostly involved beer and the sun deck although the dining options are well-worth taking up too.

    Website below is a general one but note that ferries are best booked direct on the companies' own websites.

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    Local Buses

    by johngayton Written Oct 25, 2015

    The city of Saint-Malo and the surrounding region seem well-served by the local bus company Keolis with the main bus station located in the centre of the modern city, next door to the railway station. The stops are well signposted with an easy-to-read map showing the routes and which individual stops the buses depart from.

    I only had cause to use the bus once, from the railway station to the old city, which was simplicity itself. Buses #1, #2 and #3 all run between Gare de Saint Malo (stand H) and Intra Muros (Porte St-Vincent) with a frequency of roughly every 10 minutes and a similar journey time. An electronic sign at the stop shows the expected arrival times of the next couple of buses. The single fare (Sept 2015) was 1.60 euros and you can buy the ticket from the driver - correct change appreciated but not absolutely necessary. The ticket has to be validated on boarding and is then good for 90 minutes within the city boundaries.

    There is also a circular route, "Navette Coeurs des Villes", which runs Monday to Saturday every 20 minutes between 07.40 and 19.15 from the railway station into Intra Muros, onwards to the ferry port and Saint-Servan before returning to the station on the route behind the inner harbours.

    Bus Stop H For Intra Muros Bus Arriving At Porte St-Vincent Routes and Stops Map at Station Bus Station
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    Arriving By Train From Rennes

    by johngayton Written Oct 25, 2015

    Saint-Malo railway station is a main line terminus connecting at Rennes for travel pretty much anywhere within Europe. There are direct high-speed TGV services to Paris, Montparnasse, with a journey time of about 3 hours and usually 2 trains per hour between Saint-Malo and Rennes on either TGV or regional TER with a journey time of about 1 hour. The TER trains also stop at Dol where branch lines run west via Lamballe and east and north via Avranches. The TGV's are of course the "jewel in the crown" of the French railway company but the TER services are also modern, swift and reliable and certainly for the journey between Rennes and Saint-Malo just as fast as the TGV, and cheaper.

    The station is located in the centre of the modern part of the city, just over 1 kilometre to the intra muros, and regular local buses serve the city and the surrounding region from the bus station adjacent. As to be expected from a mainline station you'll find all the basic facilities such as toilets, café/bar, a Relay tabac presse and free Wi-Fi. What I didn't see was a left-luggage office, although it does have a "lost and found".

    PS If looking for train times and fares within, or to/from, France always stick to the French version of the SNCF website below, using Google translate if necessary. The "English" version takes you to the ticketing agency RailEurope which doesn't show all the departures nor give the best price options.

    Station Frontage TGV and TER Useful Bus Map Bus Station
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    passenger boat terminal or gare maritime

    by gwened Written Aug 19, 2012

    Well this is a harbor city and as such great passenger boat service to England, such as

    Brittany ferries to Portsmouth,terminal du naye
    www.brittanyferries.com

    Condor ferries to Poole et Weymouth,and jersey isles, terminal du naye
    www.condorferries.fr

    compagnie Corsaire to Dinan, Saint-Cast le Guildo, Chausey et Cézembre,from cale de Dinan
    as well as cruises to Baie de Saint-Malo et la Baie de Cancale, vers le Cap Fréhel, and fishing trips
    www.compagniecorsaire.com

    Taxi de la mer
    takes you taxi service on water to the Côte d'Emeraude, and on demand service maritime. Départs de Saint-Malo, Dinard
    www.taxibateau.fr

    and the gare maritime de la bourse to take you in big cruise ships with full service facilities at St Malo
    http://port.saintmalofougeres.cci.fr/fr/croisieres.html

    cale de la bourse gare maritime gare maritime de la bourse from ramparts inner harbor pleasure boat bassin Vauban boat Brittany Ferries coming to St Malo Chauss��e Eric Tabarly ,st Mahe de la Bourdonnais
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    drive a car to St Malo

    by gwened Written Aug 19, 2012

    well freedom is beautiful and driving a car in France is an experience not to forget. I know been doing it for 22 years,and love more each time.

    this time it was St Malo, and from Paris is easy on the A13 or A11 to Rennes, then the N137 to St Malo centre ville intramuros.
    I took a more leisure drive on departementales or D roads, the drive is gorgeous and slower but you see more of the countryside. I took the N165 to the N166 to the D766e, then N164, D125, N176 to N137.
    while viamichelin tells you its 2h40 I took 2h10 normal legal speed so again beat them, and wrote to them again.....

    arriving first at Tour Solidor by rue de la Cité for free and then over to the intramuros at quai Saint Vincent underground the rest of afternoon and evening for 8 euros. Its the Q-park parking system in France
    http://www.q-park.fr/NosParkings/Ousegarer/Rechercheparville/tabid/566/qparkParkingLocatorvw4813/parkingdetail/ParkingID/1938/language/fr-FR/Default.aspx
    you enter by avenue Louis Martin

    N137 entering St Malo entrance to q-park parking quai saint vincent the underground parking early morning q-park on the road to St Malo D766 D766 on way to St Malo
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    petit train

    by gwened Written Aug 19, 2012

    a fun way to see the city and put in transportation because it can serve as such inside the city. You can see all the main sights if short on time, and if more time come back to see the ones you like the most.
    The ride is very nice from quai saint vincent near the castle and takes into the intra muros area and out. Nice, it seems very popular. Cost is 6€ for adults.

    petit train in intramuros by rue Broissais start at quai saint vincent near chateau petit train at quai saint vincent
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    Fly into nearby Dinard airport

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 13, 2012

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    We flew to Dinard airport with Ryanair from Stansted, which was by far the cheapest way of getting to Bretagne over the period when we wanted to travel.

    Yes, that means that you have to get your head around Ryanair's draconian baggage restrictions, but so long as you know what to expect, it really isn't bad. First prize is if you're able to 'travel light' as you get a free hand luggage allocation of 10kg, provided that the bag meets their maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm: just be warned that they will check, as excess baggage charges are one of their main income streams. Also bear in mind that you can't combine allowances, so even if your partner's bag is only 7kg, you will still be restricted to 10kg.

    As we were travelling with children and it wasn't practical to rely on hand baggage allowances, we booked two items of hold luggage, which can weigh a maximum of 20kg each (again, no combining of allowances allowed). This cost us extra - which we factored into our calculations when we comparing travel options - but gave us peace of mind, and left us some space to bring home a range of wonderful Breton goodies!

    Dinard airport is only 14km out of St Malo, and there are car hire facilities at the airport. A taxi to St Malo will take approximately 20 minutes and costs about €20, depending on exactly where you're staying in the city.

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    Driving in France

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.

    The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.

    Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.

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    Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth

    by annase Written Apr 7, 2010

    Brittany Ferries takes you from Portsmouth to Saint-Malo. The boat trip is about 9hrs during the day and almost 11hrs during the night. You can book either a cabin or reclining seats for your journey. The boat leaves at 20.30 (GMT or BST) from Portsmouth and is at 9.15 (CET) in Saint-Malo.

    Return journey starts at 10.30 (CET) and the boat arrives at 18.15 (GMT or BST).

    If you arrive to Portsmouth by car, the Ferry Terminal is located directly off the M27, and with links to the M3 and M25, it is easily reached from London, the Midlands and the North.

    The ship to Saint-Malo is called Bretagne.

    Ferry
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    Dinard airport...and transport links (or lack of!)

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    I travelled via Aeroport Dinard Pleurtuit St Malo when I visited Saint-Malo for a weekend break in June 2008.

    This tiny airport is located 5km south of the town of Dinard and has no public transport links to either Dinard or Saint-Malo. Visitors are therefore required to make their way to their intended destination either by taxi or by hire car.

    The first thing I noticed when my Ryanair flight from East Midlands touched down on the runway was how small the terminal building was. Indeed, there is just one luggage belt in the arrivals area, and one officer standing by the door checking passports.

    Having passed through the passport control, you will find yourself in the arrivals hall. This consists mainly of hire car company booths, with no sign of even a simple tourist information desk. There are leaflets available, and there is a phone with a list of hotel names and telephone numbers beside it, but there is very little else to assist any new arrivals.

    I expected, rather naively, to be able to leave the airport building and jump straight into a waiting taxi. I thought, in common with most airports, that there would be a queue of parked taxis. But there wasn’t. Nor were there any phone numbers of taxi companies displayed in the airport.

    It seems that most people on my flight had chosen to hire a car, while others had had the foresight to pre-book an airport pick-up service. That left about twenty of us standing outside the terminal next to a “taxi” sign, wondering when the next taxi would show up. None did so in the first 20-30 minutes and I was starting to contemplate walking to Dinard, even though I didn’t have a map of the area or any idea which direction to head in. That is how desperate I was starting to feel!

    Finally, a taxi arrived to drop off passengers who were catching the next outbound flight. The first people in the queue asked the driver to take them to Saint-Malo and others further back in the queue asked if they could share the taxi. The passengers were happy to share, but the driver wouldn’t let them – as that would obviously deprive them of an extra fare! If you’re ever in this position, try to find somebody to share a ride with before the taxi arrives and pretend that you are travelling as one party.

    After about an hour’s wait, I finally found myself in the back of a taxi heading for Saint-Malo. The driver spoke English very well, and we chatted during the 20 minute trip to my hotel. The journey cost me 24 Euros.

    At the end of my stay, I asked the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick me up. This seemed to be the best option given my experience upon arrival in Saint-Malo and the fact that I hadn’t noticed any taxis or taxi ranks in Saint-Malo town centre. The taxi arrived bang on time and the journey to the airport cost me 35 Euros. This higher fare may have been due to the fact that it was a Sunday.

    As I had checked in for the flight online and I didn’t have any luggage to check in, I had a bit of spare time while waiting for my flight. I made my way upstairs to a rather nice bar/restaurant with an outdoor seating area overlooking the runway. There are no shops at the airport, so most passengers end up in the bar.

    As at June 2008, the following routes were operating from Dinard:

    Ryanair – to East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol and London Stansted;

    Aurigny – to Guernsey.

    A small airport in the heart of Brittany – make sure you have plans on how to get away, or you could be waiting some time for a taxi!

    Taxi stand at Dinard Pleurtuit Airport Aeroport Dinard Pleurtuit St Malo

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  • PRIVATE TOURS

    by carolinedumant Written Jun 30, 2008

    We've travelled with the minibus company "Bellidays".
    We went to the Mont Saint Michel with a very kind driver(it was a woman!!!) who speak english and we could relax during the trip.
    We advise you to go on their website www.bellidays.com, or contact them contact@bellidays.com. They speak english, espagnol, italian and french.

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    Le Petit Train

    by hquittner Written Oct 28, 2007

    As one gets older, the use of a tourist train to replace or supplement on foot sightseeing becomes more attractive. In selective venues like Washinton, D.C. where distances are prohibitively long, this is a way to see important monuments. We found another way to climb hills by sacrificing part of trip in Dinan. In St. Malo the walking is level but the interior sites of the walled city may seem like a great deal after the ramparts and the ride may be regarded as a dessert to your tourist meal. More so if you have a fatigued youngster with you. (we also included a picture of the Chapel of St. Aaron honoring an ancient monk of the town, not covered in our Tips but on the train route). The train ride duration is 30 min and it leaves from the Porte de St.-Vincent near the tourist office.

    Outside the Walls (Start of ride) at Castle Allowed on Narrow Streets Chapelle St.-Aaron (?) (1621)
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    Catch the Boat

    by Jasen71 Written Nov 5, 2005

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    The ferry port has a year round service to and from Portsmouth, daily in the season, operated by Brittany Ferries, and a seasonal service by fast craft to and from Poole via Jersey and/or Guernsey operated by Condor. In addition Emeraude Line operate services to the Channel Islands and the Iles Chausey.

    The Passenger Port
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    Rent a car

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 26, 2004

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    When I was planning this trip, I investigated rail transportation for going to Mont St. Michel and getting to our next destination, Amboise. It is possible, but required changes in a couple of places, so I decided on a rental car. It was ideal - a Renault Megane which is a large car, but we were meeting another couple in Amboise so needed room. The roads in the area were all excellent and I had no trouble finding my way to Mont St. Michel, Dinan and Dinard because there were signs leading me in excellent fashion.

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